Enlightenment is about the removal of ignorance. It is not any temporary mystical experience or temporary experience of Samadhi that lasts for certain duration. It is not thoughtless state too or else everybody would be enlightened in deep sleep. It is firm understanding about what you are beyond the body-mind complex. Vedanta is an established source that provides the procedure to reach there to those that are qualified* to study it. To those that are not yet qualified to study it, some preparatory practices would be needed to purify the mind like Karmayoga, I-Am/AUM Meditation, Bhaktiyoga etc.
Once you are qualified for Vedanta, you need a teacher for Vedanta. The reason for this is that when you study Vedanta on your own you face apparent paradoxes and may feel how can that be? These apparent paradoxes can be removed by a teacher. The scriptures with commentaries of gyanis can remove confusion. For study, the following texts are recommended:
Tripura Rahasya / The Mystery Beyond The Trinity
Bhagavad Gita (Detailed Commentary – Swami Chinmayananda)
Who Am I – Ramana Maharshi
Tattvabodha (Definitions of terms used in Vedanta)
Taittereya Upanishad (Pancha Kosha Self Inquiry)
If you are an ardent reader, then of course there are many more:
I Am That – Nisargadatta Maharaj
The videos of Swami Anubhavananda Saraswati and those of Sri James Swartz on YouTube can be referred along with the study of scriptures. Online/Bhopal Vedanta course can be requested by the qualified seekers.
*Qualifications to study Vedanta are broadly as follows:
- Capacity to discriminate – a faculty of intelligence
- Certain dispassion towards life
- Composure, control over your pursuits, freedom from hard-headedness, capacity to put up with small difficulties, openness towards Vedanta and respect for teacher, mental stamina, ability to think deeply for long period of time
- Desire to know the absolute truth or desire for liberation